The Chinese authorities have now abolished the requirement for animal testing for most cosmetics manufactured in the country, including shampoo, makeup, many skin care products and perfume. According to Cruelty Free International, this is “great news” as cruelty-free companies can now seek to sell these products in the country without animal testing - as long as they finish (package) their products in China.
Animal testing is still required however for “special cosmetics” such as skin whitening products, hair dyes, deodorant and sun cream.
Cruelty Free International has campaigned for change on this issue for over two years, establishing the China Task Force, bringing together leading cosmetics companies, the cosmetics industry and regulators to press for cruelty-free cosmetics in the country.
“We are pleased our hard work and detailed negotiations with Chinese regulators have paid off with this first step towards our goal for a ban on animal testing for cosmetics,” said sources at Cruelty Free International.